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1 (5 7 November 8, 1907 

Spain. — October 1 : Plague case declared at Oran. October 3 : 
Pleasure boats, fisher boats, and small coast craft leaving Oran, and 
all vessels more or less regularly engaged in traffic between Oran and 
the Peninsular, the Balearic and Canary Islands, and Spanish posses- 
sions in Africa must have sanitary police certificates signed by the 
respective Spanish consuls. October 7: Importation of rags, soiled 
clothing, mattresses, pillows and covers, soiled laundry, and old bed- 
steads prohibited unless forming part of passengers' baggage or being 
goods in transit. 


Report from Cape Colony — Plague at King Williams Town — 
Examination of rodents for plague infection. 

The following is received from the medical officer of health for 
the colony under date of September 23 : 

Week ended September 21 : 

Cathcart. — -No case of plague was discovered during the week. 

At the plague hospital 1 native male was discharged, leaving 2 
cases under treatment. 

King Williams Toion. — No case of plague was discovered during 
the week. 

Ninety-eight rats (including 49 found dead) and 55 mice (includ- 
ing 13 found dead) were examined, of which 35 rats and 8 mice 
proved to be probably plague infected. Five rats and 5 mice remain 
under bacteriological examination. 


Report from, Rio de Janeiro — Inspection of vessels — Mortality — 
Plague, smallpox, and yelloxo fever. 

Acting Assistant Surgeon Stewart reports, October 2 : Week ended 
September 29. The following-named vessels were issued bills of 
health and were inspected, with the exception of the last-named 
vessel : September 23, the Italian ship Warrior, for Pensacola, Fla., 
in stone ballast, with no passengers, and with 3 new members of the 
crew taken on in this port. September 28, the British steamship 
Welsh Prince, for New Orleans, with a cargo of coffee, no passengers, 
and no change in the personnel of the crew. On the same date the 
British steamship Chaucer, for New Orleans, with a cargo of coffee, 
no passengers, and no change in the personnel, and the Spanish bark 
San Jose, for Apalachicola, Fla., in stone ballast, no passengers, and 
no change in the crew personnel. No other vessels left this port for 
United States ports during the week. 

Mortality report of City of Rio de Janeiro. — ^Week ended Sep- 
tember 29. Total deaths during week, 233. Yellow fever caused no 
deaths nor were any cases reported during the week. Bubonic plague 
caused no deaths, but 1 new case was reported. Smallpox caused 3 
deaths, with 7 new reported cases. At the close of the week there 
were, in the Hospital Sao Sebastiao, no cases of yellow fever, 10 cases 
of smallpox, and 3 cases of plague under treatment.